Second Grade

November 2023

Important Events

  • Thursday November 2, 2023: Half-day instruction for students; parent teacher conferences
  • Tuesday November 7, 2023: Election day; no school
  • November 23 – November 24, 2023: Thanksgiving break; no school

Reading

Module 3: In this module, children will learn ways to listen to each other and work out disagreements. Through reading and collaboration, children will learn to see different points of view. Then they will be able to understand why people may disagree and why sometimes that might be okay! At home, reinforce these important topic words when you read or talk with your child: compromise, decision, disagreement. Try to incorporate questions into everyday conversations such as: “What would be a fair compromise for _?”; “What is a good decision you made recently?”; “How could this disagreement be worked out?”

Writing

In this module, children will explore how people can work out disagreements with one another. They will learn that people have their own opinions, or feelings about topics. We will review how to be more effective in sharing our ideas when we listen and think about the ideas of others and how, sometimes, it is important to support your opinion with research. Last, the students will learn that others may agree or disagree with their opinion. At home, students can work with family members to think about why it is important to explain their point of view. Families can also help guide their child when they have had a disagreement with a friend or family member, how to express their ideas, and explain how they have worked out a disagreement with someone.

Phonics

Our FUNdations program lays the critical groundwork for foundational skills needed to supplement a literature –based language arts program. Each level of FUNdations builds upon the previous one. Rotating through diverse activities using different modalities and reinforcements supports learning and mastery while maintaining interest. Heggerty is a researched based program to build phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to isolate, substitute and manipulate sounds we hear transfers to the ability to do this when reading.

Math

In Topic 3, students will be learning to add within 100 using various strategies. Students will learn to add two-digit numbers using place-value strategies on a hundred chart. For example, start at a number on the chart. As you move down from the number, the number increases by 10 for each square. As you move to the right from the number, the number increases by 1 for each square. At home, students can explain to a family member how to add two-digit numbers using a hundred cart. Encourage your child to use math terms such as add, sum, equals, row column and hundred chart in his or her explanation.

Science

We will be exploring different plant and animal relationships. We will be planning and carrying out investigations and constructing explanations. Students will engage in science practice for exploration of how plants grow and to study habitats. You can support your child at home by taking a neighborhood walk and observing how plant and animals change and grow in the changing seasons.